Java frustration

I just spent an hour and a half trying the impossible in Java, and I just about hit my wit’s end. It’s been a long week, but it’s got me reconsidering doing a project that I actually care about in a language I
don’t care about so much.

Every day I spend working on the software is another day I have to spend using a spreadsheet to store the data that accumulates that day. I don’t know Java well enough to do incremental development — even the simple stuff seems to take an aeon and I feel like the resulting code is too brittle.

It’s nothing that experience can’t solve, but I don’t know if this is the right project to get that experience with. If anyone has a suggestion of what would make a good project to learn Java with — one that would include:

  • essential Java classes and data types
  • the Collections framework
  • database connectivity
  • XML

I’d certainly be all ears, especially if there were other Java newbies looking for someone to join their project. I have six or eight hours a week to dedicate to it most weeks — some more, some less. You can find me as user kjwcode at Gee Mail dot com.

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